Nonprofit Sends Urgent Plea for Donations
PHILADELPHIA (December 18, 2018) – The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware’s Red Kettle fundraising campaign is in full swing across the region. However, with one week left until Christmas, kettle donations are falling significantly short – currently at about 40% below the overall targeted goal for the campaign.
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign is crucial to its ability to serve tens of thousands of struggling families across Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. That’s why it is sending an urgent plea to individuals, corporations and groups to generously give to the Red Kettle campaign.
“A drop in holiday revenue could have a direct impact on our many social service programs that serve as a lifeline to individuals and families in need,” said Lt. Colonel Stephen Banfield, Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army of Eastern PA & DE. “The donations are key because we want people to feel like there is always hope when you call The Salvation Army.”
The iconic tradition of bell ringers and red kettles is the most recognizable fundraising effort of The Salvation Army. Passersby can place monetary donations inside the red kettles, which are stationed in prominent locations throughout the region until December 24. Proceeds from the Red Kettle campaign help provide year-round programs and services to local residents who are in need of food, shelter and utility assistance, emergency disaster relief, as well as numerous educational, music and after-school programs throughout Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.
“Although kettle donations are down, the need in the community is up. High rates of poverty, unemployment and food insecurity plague many of the communities in which we serve,” said Lt. Colonel Banfield. “Without sufficient contributions to the holiday campaign, we would not be able to provide the same level of service to families who come to us for help during these difficult economic times.”
Cash donations are accepted at any of The Salvation Army’s red kettles during the remaining days before Christmas. Secure credit card donations may be made online by clicking here or by texting KETTLE to 41444 on a smartphone.
“All red kettle donations stay in the local community. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are providing hope to your neighbors in need this holiday season,” said Lt. Colonel Banfield. “Without your continued support and generosity, none of this would be possible.”
About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army of Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware is a faith-based, comprehensive human service organization whose programs help individuals, families and whole communities lead healthier, safer and more productive lives. Since 1879, The Army has held a record of accomplishment stemming from its holistic approach to providing for the needs of the whole individual – physically, emotionally, economically and spiritually. The Army’s programming serves every zip code through 51 community centers and a network of volunteers throughout Eastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and Delaware. Programs and services include: shelter, hot meals, counseling, early childhood development, recreational opportunities, music programs, after-school arts and educational programs, job training, activities for older adults, spiritual development, and drug rehabilitation.
Mission Statement: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
For more information, please visit www.SalvationArmyPA.org